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Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era: Perspectives from urban Africa

Porter, Gina; Hampshire, Kate; de Lannoy, Ariane; Bango, Andisiwe; Munthali, Alister; Robson, Elsbeth; Tanle, Augustine; Abane, Albert; Owusu, Samuel

Authors

Gina Porter

Kate Hampshire

Ariane de Lannoy

Andisiwe Bango

Alister Munthali

Augustine Tanle

Albert Abane

Samuel Owusu

Abstract

Issues surrounding youth employment and unemployment are central to the next development decade. Understanding how youth use mobile phones as a means of communicating and exchanging information about employment and livelihoods is particularly important given the prominence of mobile phone use in young lives. This paper explores and reflects on youth phone usage in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, drawing on mixed-methods research with young people aged approximately 9-25 years, in 12 (high density) urban and peri-urban sites. Comparative work across these sites offers evidence of both positive and negative impacts. The final section of the paper considers policy implications.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 10, 2018
Journal Journal of International Development
Print ISSN 0954-1748
Electronic ISSN 1099-1328
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 539-558
Institution Citation Porter, G., Hampshire, K., de Lannoy, A., Bango, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., …Owusu, S. (2018). Youth livelihoods in the cellphone era: Perspectives from urban Africa. Journal of international development, 30(4), 539-558. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3340
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3340
Keywords Livelihoods; Urban; Ghana; Malawi; South Africa; Mobile phones
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jid.3340
Copyright Statement © 2018 The Authors Journal of International Development Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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© 2018 The Authors Journal of International Development Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



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